Rochester, Sussex, Surrey & Kent Cottages
Hillview is one of two cottages we offer (Woodside) which are situated at the end of a 'no through road', in the depths of the Kent countryside five miles south of Rochester. The property is timber framed, built of green oak with imaginative use of locally crafted wrought iron work. It is designed very much as small, country 'hideaways' - an ideal place for retreat and quiet reflection - with an intimate, medieval feel about them. Good use is made of the available living space, and they are well equipped for their size.
Hillview lies in a tiny hamlet known locally as Dode which was virtually wiped out by The Black Death in the 14th century. All that remains of the original village is the small, former, Norman church, which was last used as a place of worship in 1367, then deconsecrated. Restored in the Victorian era, it is now a popular venue for civil wedding ceremonies. The site as a whole is steeped in ancient history, details of which can be obtained from the owner, who is an expert on the subject.
Entrance into open plan sitting room with flagstone floor, and comprising a comfortable sitting area, small dining area and kitchenette with 2 ring hob, oven, fridge and microwave. Separate shower room/wc.
Steep, solid open tread stairs (care needed) with hand rail lead directly into a bedroom/sleeping "loft" with small 'lookout' window, very low beamed ceiling and a 4'6" double bed on a low base.
Stone paved terrace overlooking fields and access to the two acres of grounds surrounding the cottages and church.
TV monitor for wildlife viewing including badgers and foxes. Well behaved dogs welcome. Unsuitable for children under 7 - steep, open tread stairs. No smoking.
The two cottages stand just below the church and enjoy a really peaceful outlook across fields and up to woodland on Holly Hill. They offer a superb location for keen walkers with easy access onto the North Downs/Pilgrims Way, which leads to England's premier cathedral city of Canterbury.
Although well away from busy main roads, Dode is within easy driving distance of a number of visitor attractions, such as the incomparably beautiful Leeds Castle, medieval Igtham Mote, Chartwell, former home of Sir Winston Churchill and the historic naval dockyard at Chatham. The cathedral city of Rochester with its Norman castle above the River Medway, is an easy drive as are the creeks and inlets of the north Kent coastline where there are a number of RSPB bird sanctuaries. London, via the M20 is an hour's drive.
"Thank you for the loan of Hillview; we had a lovely week."Guests at Hillview 2016-10-01
"Fabulous place for relaxing - great to only have bird songs as the background noise. Doug and the church are charming."Guests at Hillview 2016-09-01